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How Find It @ Harvard works


Find It is a service that connects users to online or print copies of materials in the Harvard Library. This articles describe how it works. When you find examples that don't work right, please let us know

Articles

The Find It service will take you directly to the full-text article if we have access to it. Sometimes the Harvard Library has access to a full-text articles through more than one database. If that's the case, we pick one for you. This is based on a list we keep of preferred providers. If this isn't working well for you, please let us know what you were searching for and what you expected to find.

  • If the link takes you to a website and you get an error, please let us know.  That often means that the content provider is not handling the link correctly. 
  • if the link takes you to a database that is asking you to PAY MONEY for the article, don't. Let us know and we'll help. 
  • If you see an option to check HOLLIS, that means we have at least SOME of the print journal. We may not have the volume you are looking for. At this time we cannot check for that automatically. 
  • If we don't have article or the journal in which the article appears, you will see an option to request the article through Interlibrary Loan. 
  • If you see a screen with no options at all, let us know. 

NOTE: In HOLLIS+, if you see a "View Online" link, that means our records indicate we have full-text access. If you see a "Find It at Harvard" link, that means our records indicate we don't have full-text access to that article. The Find It menu will present other options. 

Journals

For journals that are online, we provide a list of full-text providers and what volumes/years are available. If we don't have full-text online, we offer a link to the print version of the journal if we have it. 

  • If there's not an online version of the issue you're looking for, check our print holdings for a Scan & Deliver link. Many (but not all) Harvard libraries offer a service to scan and email an article.
  • If we don't have the journal or volume at all, you can choose the Interlibrary Loan option in the Find It menu. 

Books and scores

For books and scores, Find It will take you to our catalog where you can see what library has the item. If we don't have it, or it's checked out, you can request it from a partner institution through an expedited service called Borrow Direct. 

Google Books from Harvard

A special Find It page is generated if the item was digitized as part of the Harvard Google project. See FIG holdings and links (Google Books) for more information. 

What if we don't have it? 

If we don't have the resource you're looking for, you will see an option to request it through Interlibrary Loan. If you don't see that option, let us know. 

Examples of Find It @ Harvard in HOLLIS+


Article record links to print holdings

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  • The "HOLLIS catalog" link opens the print journal record in the HOLLIS tab.  The print journal holdings may or may not cover the volume/issue needed. 

Article record links directly to full-text in preferred database

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Journal record in HOLLIS tab

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  • Journal record in the HOLLIS+ HOLLIS tab:  Atlantic Monthly, ISSN 0160-6514.   There are online holdings linked in the record (from MARC 856 field), so the "View Online" link displays.  
  • The View Online link opens the Find It menu with database holdings for this journal:

Journal record in Articles tab

 View example
  • Journal record in the HOLLIS+ Articles tab:  Atlantic Monthly, ISSN 0160-6514.   Full text is available, so the "View Online" link displays.  
  • The View Online links directly to the full-text article in the preferred database for this journal:

E-book record in HOLLIS+ Articles tab links to HOLLIS e-book

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  • E-book record in the HOLLIS+ Articles tab:  "Usable Usability" by Eris Reiss.   Full text is not available in the Primo Central Index (Articles tab), so the "Find It @ Harvard" link displays.
  • Because there is an exact ISBN match with a record in HOLLIS, the Find It menu displays the link "Check for a copy in the HOLLIS catalog":

  • The "HOLLIS catalog" link opens the book record in the HOLLIS tab.  There are online holdings linked in the record (from MARC 856 field), so the "View Online" link displays.
  • The "View Online" link opens the e-book.  

E-book record in HOLLIS+ Articles tab does not link to HOLLIS tab (but should)

 View example
  • E-book record in the HOLLIS+ Articles tab:  "Top Dogs" by Urs Widmer.   Full text is not available in the Primo Central Index (Articles tab), so the "Find It @ Harvard" link displays.
  • There is no ISBN in the record, so this cannot link to the HOLLIS record correctly.  Clicking the "Find It @ Harvard" link instead returns suggested title matches: 

  • Clicking on the first title match opens the Find It menu with a link to Interlibrary Loan: 

See also:  Example of an E-book record activated in the HOLLIS+ Articles tab but not loaded into HOLLIS

 

Find It @ Harvard Flowcharts


Flowchart for Journals

 

Flowchart for Books

 

 

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